“I'm not a library scientist, nor do I play one on the Web. However, I do run isbn.nu, and have lots of ideas about how people conceive of books: not as ISBNs nor as editions (usually) but as works that have various instanciations.
Most recently, I've been able to add a limited form of title and author authority to ISBN. It's most notable on books written by authors who have many editions of the same title, such as Ngaio Marsh or Jane Austen. Instead of showing one item per edition, I show one listing per work with the edition information provided below.
I'd love to get feedback on how this works for people: useful? confusing? too much/too little? stupidly implemented?
Thanks for any assistance.”